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[NEWS] Irish Firm to Incinerate Poultry Litter in Maryland

– by Jake Davies, July 21, 2016, Farmers Weekly

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Irish agri-tech firm BHSL has agreed a US$3m (£2.27m) deal with the state of Maryland to trial its manure-fired biomass boilers in the US.

One of its patented systems has already shipped, and is due to be fully operational by October, according to the company.

BHSL contributed two-thirds of the investment required to set up the system in the US.

Maryland is one of six states that surround Chesapeake Bay, a region devastated by intensive agriculture.

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Study: Increased Biofuel Production Could Lead to Global Food Deficit

– March 4, 2016, The Poultry Site

2281_biofuel.jpgAbout 4 per cent of the world’s agricultural land and 3 to 4 per cent of its fresh water are now used for growing biofuels, according to a new study published March 3, 2016 in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. About one-third of the malnourished people in the world, the findings suggest, could be fed by using these resources for food production.

With the world’s population at about 7.4 billion people, and projected to grow to about 9 billion by the middle of the century, the need for food and fuel could increasingly be at odds.

“We are investigating and evaluating the affects of biofuels on food security – the food-energy nexus – and its link with the global appropriation of land and water,” said Paolo D’Odorico, an environmental sciences professor at the University of Virginia who co-wrote the paper with colleagues in Italy.

“The land and water resources claimed by biofuel production have been poorly quantified, and we are trying to gain better understanding to help inform public policy.”

Mr D’Odorico said that if biofuel production for transportation were to be increased to 10 per cent of the total fuel used by the transportation sector – as is projected to occur based on recent policy and business patterns that encourage renewable energy production – the planet could meet the food needs of only about 6.7 billion people.

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[NEWS] Bangkok Farmers Shredding, Not Burning, Agricultural Waste

– by Anchalee Kongrut, January 20, 2016, Bangkok Post

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Photo: Rotary Club Lampang

Despite the cool weather, the period between late January to March is not a pleasant time for villagers in Lampang and the other northern provinces. It is the time that haze – caused by the swathes of smoke from forest fires and the burning of agricultural waste – blankets the region.

Haze is pollution, irritation, and also is severely damaging to health. Last year, schools in several northern provinces needed to close temporarily and hospitals saw a rise in patients with respiratory problems – 55,000  in Chiang Mai alone. Haze also hurts tourism and related-businesses, while flights to Chiang Mai sometimes faced delays and even cancellation due to poor visibility.

The solution to the haze problem is easier said than done. Forcing farmers to stop clearing their land also means stopping them from starting the new growing season. Hence, all residents can do really is brace themselves for the haze with protectivemasks or, if possible, move away from the area temporarily.

But for Boonkoom Boonyasopath, energy engineer and member of the board of the Rotary Club Lampang, the solution may lie in a machine called the “Biomass Shredder”, which helps farmers get rid of farm waste without having to burn it.

Boonkoom Boonyasopath the energy engineer and board member of Rotary Club Lampang who invented the ‘biomass shredder’ to reduce open burning in farm area.

“Like you and I, farmers do not want to burn agricultural waste because they too need to inhale the smoke. But they don’t have a choice,” said Boonkoom, who’s also a founder of BKE Combustion Controls, a company that exports industrialcombustion machines.

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